Oct 28, 2022
By Mark Redfern
Weyes Blood (aka Natalie Mering) is releasing a new album, And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow, on November 18 via Sub Pop. Now she has shared a spooky video for the previously shared second single, “Grapevine.” Rick Farin and Claire Farin directed the video, which starts with Mering getting in a car crash at night in the middle of nowhere before she has an encounter with a creature of some sort. Watch it below.
In a previous press release, Mering had this to say about the song, which is set on a stretch of California’s Interstate 5 known as Grapevine: “Technology is harvesting our attention away from each other. We all have a ‘Grapevine’ entwined around our past with unresolved wounds and pain. Being in love doesn’t necessarily mean being together. Why else do so many love songs yearn for a connection?”
Previously Weyes Blood shared the album’s first single, the wistful “It’s Not Just Me, It’s Everybody,” which was #1 on our Songs of the Week list. Then she shared a video for “It’s Not Just Me, It’s Everybody.” Then she shared the album’s second single, “Grapevine,” which was again #1 on our Songs of the Week list.
And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow is Weyes Blood’s first album since 2019’s Titanic Rising, which was her first album for Sub Pop and was #2 on our Top 100 Albums of 2019 list. Mering co-produced the new album with Jonathan Rado, with the exception of album closer “A Given Thing,” which was produced by Mering and Rodaidh McDonald. Kenny Gilmore mixed the album at 101 Studio and Emily Lazar and Chris Allgood mastered it at The Lodge. And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow features guest appearances from Meg Duffy, Daniel Lopatin, and Mary Lattimore.
A press describes the album in more detail: “The album is her follow-up to the acclaimed Titanic Rising, the first album of three in a special trilogy. Where Titanic was an observation of doom to come, And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow is about being in the thick of it: a search for an escape hatch to liberate us from algorithms and ideological chaos (spoiler alert: the next one will be about ‘hope’).”
Mering also says: “We’re in a fully functional shit show. My heart is a glow stick that’s been cracked, lighting up my chest in an explosion of earnestness.”
Mering also released a typed and signed statement, which is here.
Weyes Blood’s album previous to Titanic Rising was Front Row Seat to Earth, which made it all the way to #9 on our Top 100 Albums of 2016 list.
Read our interview with Weyes Blood on Front Row Seat to Earth (from our Best of 2016 Issue).
Also read our The End interview with Weyes Blood about endings and death.
Weyes Blood Tour Dates:
Thu. Dec. 08 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel [SOLD OUT]
Fri. Dec. 09 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel [SOLD OUT]
In Holy Flux Tour 2023
Sat.Jan. 28 – Berlin, DE – Festsaal Kreuzberg
Mon. Jan. 30 – Stockholm, SE – Berns
Tue. Jan. 31- Oslo, NO – Rockefeller
Wed. Feb. 01 – Copenhagen, DK – VEGA
Fri. Feb. 03 – Cologne, DE – Kulturkirche
Sat. Feb. 04 – Paris, FR – Le Trianon
Sun. Feb. 05 – Brussels, BE – Botanique – Orangerie
Mon. Feb. 06 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Wed. Feb.08 – London, UK – Roundhouse
Thu. Feb. 09 – Bristol, UK – SWX
Fri. Feb. 10 – Glasgow, UK – QMU
Sun. Feb. 12- Dublin, IE – Vicar Street
Mon. Feb. 13 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
Tue. Feb. 14 – Brighton, UK – CHALK
Wed. Feb. 22 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
Thu. Feb. 23 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Fri. Feb. 24 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
Sat. Feb. 25 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Mon. Feb. 27 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Tue. Feb. 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Fri. Mar. 03 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
Sun. Mar. 05 – Boston, MA – Royale
Tue. Mar. 07 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
Wed. Mar. 08 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
Fri. Mar. 10 – Detroit, MI – El Club
Sat. Mar. 11 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
Mon. Mar. 13 – Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater
Tue. Mar. 14 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Wed. Mar. 15 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
Fri. Mar. 17 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
Sat. Mar. 18 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Sun. Mar. 19 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
Tue. Mar. 21 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Wed. Mar. 22 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Thu. Mar. 23 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Sat. Mar. 25 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Tue. Mar. 28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
Wed. Mar. 29 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
Fri. Mar. 31 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Sat. Apr. 01 – Dallas, TX – Studio at The Factory
Sun. Apr. 02 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom